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What does your auto mechanic have to do with your Third Party negligence lawsuit? If a faulty auto repair was involved, the difference could be everything.
What happens when an auto accident was truly unavoidable? What do you do if no driver’s actions caused the crash? In some cases, you and your auto accident attorney will be able to turn to the auto repair facility to recover your third party damages.
After a serious car accident, no-fault benefits aren’t always enough to put you and your family back on track. In a fatal car crash, or one that causes disfigurement or serious impairment of body function, you may be able to recover substantial damages from the party responsible for the crash. In most cases, that is one of the drivers. But occasionally the cause is more directly related to a negligent auto repair.
Tell your attorney if you had work done on your vehicle shortly before your crash. Depending on the circumstances of your crash, your auto accident attorney can hire experts to inspect the vehicle and determine whether the repair caused the crash. Some common auto-repair-related accidents include:
If you think that a faulty auto repair is responsible for your accident, it isn’t enough just to show that a repair happened and then a crash. You and your auto accident attorney will need to prove negligence – that the mechanic did something or failed to do something outside normal industry standards. That error will also need to be connected to the accident itself.
Auto repair claims are further limited by a driver’s responsibility to take steps to reduce the risk of injury. If you notice that your brakes aren’t responding properly after taking the vehicle to the shop, for example, but then keep driving the car, the court will likely determine that the accident was your fault in addition or in place of the repair shop.
Sometimes it can be hard to connect the dots between the repairs done and the resulting accident. Your car accident attorney may need to hire an independent mechanic, an industry expert, or an accident reconstructionist to explain to the judge and jury how a faulty repair connects to the injuries you suffered.
At Christensen Law, our legal team knows how auto repairs can fit into the big picture of an auto accident. Before you file any third party lawsuit, make sure to talk to your auto accident attorney should have a frank discussion about who did the work, what was done, and how it might connect to your serious auto accident. Contact Christensen Law today to schedule a free consultation.